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Hunter King by ApneicMonkey Hunter King by ApneicMonkey
The Tho'lein, a proud race that wins the respect, admiration and loyalty of their people through strength and prowess. Any one member of their species, male or female may ascend to a ruling throne so long as they prove themselves in battle or hunting a great beast but either task must be won with honor. A cheat or murderer will just as likely be torn apart by the very people he is attempting to sway to his banner.

Once a King (or Queen) is 'crowned', a chain of golden coins is threaded through the hard, bone protrusions that wrap around a Tho'lein's skull to signify their status.

Humans that have encountered this race sometimes refer to them as Blue Devils due to their skull-like appearance and crown of sharp bone.

Thanks to :iconjademacalla: for their awesome gallery of stock images, one of which I used as a (very) loose reference point for the pose in this painting. :)
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MZ8zone Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Really awesome dude. I always find it fascinating when artist also provide a background description of their characters. You have represented this character perfectly I must say.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :) He was fun to create and give a story to.
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demacrado-ensueno Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Love the skin :)
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Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is cool man also i love your style of... i think its called "incisement" or something where the legs just drift into the background ya know?
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - Yeah, I really like the look as well. :) I saw it on some 'Rage' concept art and thought it looked cool so I wanted to try it with this painting.
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Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice always a fan lol
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome man. Love the feel of this image, and great design.
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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bluefootednewt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student General Artist
:O Very interesting character design. :clap:
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ApneicMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks newt. :)
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